Itzhak Perlman has been an inspiration to me for his violin playing for about two and a half decades now. I’m not a violinist (even though I studied violin as a child), but I loved his recordings from the first moment I listened to them. Later on I learned that he was in a wheelchair, and it made those performances even more poignant in a way, because he was so free and tender and generous in them, like a man who had it all and was happiest with his life. And, after watching two documentaries about his life on YouTube, it turns out that despite his difficulties, despite having been afflicted with them, from polio, when he was only four, he is a happy, jovial friend and professor, and a family man who’s always put his family first despite being such a gifted and accomplished musician.
I invite you to watch these two documentaries and get to know Itzhak Perlman a little bit as a person. It’s a wonderful experience, one that will enrich your life and make you more responsive to good music, good people, and the beauty of what we can grasp and share with others while on this earth.
To a happier, healthier life,